Still Not Eating Quinoa: 3 Healthy Recipes to Get You Started on this Super Grain
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Remember the time people did not think about their food? Well, gone are those days and welcome 2016 errr 17. People today are not afraid to try new 'food' things.
Have you noticed all the new restaurants that serve the good stuff and emphasise on new grains such as quinoa, freekeh, the VG and GFs? Yes, healthy lifestyle is definitely in! It might have been hard to follow a healthy diet before when good food equates to bland and tasteless cuisines, not to mention pricey. Today, there are so many healthy but delicious recipes that one can easily prepare by themselves. No need to choose between saving money and eating healthy.
When it comes to food alternatives, quinoa is definitely on the top of the list. Health conscious and fitness enthusiasts swear by the benefits of this superfood. Known for its high protein content as well as its essential acids, it is also known to have twice as much fiber than other grains. No wonder quinoa is dubbed as the “Supergrain of the Future”. For a healthy dose of quinoa, try the following recipes:
1) Kale, Quinoa, and Cherry Salad
We definitely love our greens! Its time to give your usual green salad a twist by adding quinoa and cherry just follow this recipe from Slender Kitchen.
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 (6-ounce) packages baby kale
1 1/2 (8.5-ounce) packages precooked quinoa and brown rice blend (such as Seeds of Change)
3/4 cup fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved
2/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
This recipe is really simple! All you need to do is to mix in the first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Then add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil mixture and kale. Place kale mixture on a platter. Mix in quinoa blend, cherries, parsley, shallots, and chickpeas into the remaining oil mixture. Add cheese and quinoa mixture on top of the kale mixture.
2) Quinoa and Spinach Patties
In this recipe by Skinny Taste, superfood Quinoa is paired with spinach to produce the good kind of patties. Replace your usual meat patties with these, it is just as delicious!
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
4 eggs, whisked
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
3 large scallions, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2-teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup steamed spinach, chopped (frozen is fine)
1 cup plain breadcrumbs (for Gluten Free, be sure to use Gluten Free breadcrumbs)
1 teaspoon olive oil
This recipe is really simple. First, you must rinse the quinoa thoroughly and place it on a medium saucepan. Add 2 cups of water and boil. Let it simmer. Cook quinoa for about 20 minutes until it is tender and has absorbed the liquid. You can check it from time to time by using a fork and pressing the quinoa.
Once the quinoa is cooked, mix in the other ingredients: eggs, parmesan, salt, scallion, garlic, steamed spinach, and breadcrubs. Let the ingredients absorb the liquid, just like what you did in quinoa. Make sure that the batter is moist, but not runny. When you achieved the desired consistency, you can already form the patties. 1/4 cup each is advised. Once the patties are ready, fry for 8-10 minutes on each side, or until it turn golden and brown.
3) Quinoa Meatballs
We all love meatballs, but somehow its not the most healthy option. Good thing you can use Quinoa as an alternative to meat! On your next pasta meal, try to make this recipe from Cooking Light.
1/2 cup washed quinoa
1 pound ground pork
1/2 cup diced shallot
4 garlic cloves, smashed
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
First step is to preheat the oven to 450 deg Fahrenheit or 232 deg celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add in the quinoa and pour in 1 cup of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. If you observe a strong bubble action, reduce the heat to low. Cover, and cook until the water is absorbed for 12 to 15 minutes. Make sure to check occasionally. Don’t forget to stir to make sure no quinoa is burning at the bottom of the pan. Once the quinoa is ready, transfer to a medium mixing bowl and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
Next, while the quinoa is cooling, mix in all of the remaining ingredients to a medium sized bowl. With a spoon, mix until all the ingredients until the mixture is evenly distributed and well combined. Lastly, shape the meat mixture the same way as you shape a regular meatball. Place them on the lined baking sheet. Bake the meatballs for about 12 to 15 minutes or until they're slightly browned and crispy on top. You can put it in your pasta or consume as is!
There you have it! Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring. All you have to do is research, explore and experiment with healthy food. Surprise yourself (and your taste buds) and indulge in this quick and super healthy dishes for a healthier you!
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